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SJW, Melatonin, Inositol

Posted by dove on September 4, 1999, at 10:09:38

In reply to Re: Melatonin worsening depression?, posted by Dee on September 4, 1999, at 1:05:03

I have had extremely bad reactions to SJW and so has my husband. I was angry, paranoid, anxious, thought I was losing my mind. My husband became aggressive and very angry, no enthusiasm or drive, listless and hopeless. Extreme lack of motivation and depression sprinkled with paranoia and anger were our reations to even small amounts (100mgs) of SJW.

We both struggle with depression, mine starting from childhood, his from adolescence. He is a programmer and the SJW did something to his mind that made him unable to program and took away all of his 'good' feelings. Those couple of weeks were from hell and I have only felt that bad a few times in my lifetime. My husband had suicidal thoughts for only the third time in his lifetime.

We also tried Inositol, 150mg, with results almost identical to SJW. Depression hitting full force, easily frustrated, no ambition, anger (me), aggressive behavior from my husband. I tried a double blind experiment, placebo vs Inositol, my husband was absolutely reacting to the Inositol. He felt psychotic and truly believed he might harm himself.

Now melatonin. I have a history of staying awake for days and then being over-tired for 7-8 days, and then the cycle repeats itself. Started taking .5 mg-1mg sublingual melatonin and those problems have ended. I don't believe it worsens my depression in any way and I am able to wake up in the morning.

My husband has to take 1mg per night for the same reasons, if he takes over that amount there is some residual drowsiness and depression. As long as we keep the amount minimal and receive the greatest benefits with very good results.


p.s. I also had a very strange reaction to Verapamil, which was prescribed for migraines. Felt normal for the first time in my life.




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